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DUI VS. DWI? IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

What is the difference between DUI and DWI in Virginia? DUI vs. DWI?

As DUI Attorneys in Hampton Roads, we are often asked this question, but the answer is simple: there is no difference between a charge of DUI or DWI in Virginia.  The two mnemonics are synonyms and reference the exact same behavior prohibited under Virginia Code Section 18.2-266.  Under the Virginia law, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, any narcotic drug, or any other self-administered intoxicant or drug of whatsoever nature.

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